Bradley — Service
In 2016, Ryan was diagnosed with a Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after being injured in Iraq and multiple deployments in support of the United States Air Force. The physical and mental aspects of his diagnosis began to make a negative impact and in 2018 he was introduced to Valor Service Dogs. What began as an outlet to volunteer turned into a need when his therapist recommended he apply for his own service dog. In January 2019, he received Bradley Valor. Bradley has saved Ryan’s life. He has allowed him to regain his independence and enjoy life again. For a long time, there were a lot of dark days, and with Bradley those come less often. Bradley is trained to assist with mobility issues that come with the traumatic brain injury and the symptoms associated with PTSD. Bradley is so in-tune with Ryan’s needs he is able to pick up on mannerisms or behaviors and then interrupt them to help Ryan return to the present moment. Thanks to Bradley, going out in public is easier too. With Bradley by his side, he is now able to participate in normal daily activities like going to the grocery store or the doctor’s office where those tasks used to be almost impossible. Bradley has allowed Ryan to get his life back and begin living again. Ryan and Bradley are both heroes, one for our country and the other for the handler that has been through so much.